$8,384 - $15,822

2016 Chevrolet Spark Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Spark was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark's cabin looks fresh without seeming busy. Though it doesn't feature an abundance of high-quality materials – which is typical for the class – it manages to avoid feeling cheap the way some other cars with low starting prices do.

While the front seats have plenty of room, you may wish they had a little more support. The rear seats don't have the room or the support, and they're best left for children. The cargo area is also small, even by subcompact standards.

There is a lot of technology to like in the Spark. The MyLink infotainment system is user-friendly, and it incorporates state-of-the-art features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Spark also offers more driver assistance features than many competitors.

  • "All new for the latest model year, the five-door Spark hatchback is the smallest offering from General Motors' biggest brand: Chevrolet. It offers useful high-tech features and a surprisingly roomy interior with space for four adults." -- Left Lane News
  • Up front, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark surrounds you with a simple, clean and modern interior, but it's hard to overlook the vast expanse of painted plastic bits, a common sight on cars in this price range. The color-accented dash and door panels, well-textured trim pieces and chic sculpting help you overlook some of the hard plastic surfaces common to affordable hatchbacks. Sporty gauges featuring both a traditional speedometer and a digital multifunction display add visual appeal." -- Edmunds
  • "The Chevrolet Spark feels well-built, and even though it's fairly clear when you look closely that it's an economy car, it avoids the Mirage's tin can feel." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The four-seat Spark comes standard with cloth upholstery. The front seats are pretty spacious, but their upright positioning means that they're not all that comfortable. They also lack much side support, so you may get jostled around when you take sharp turns. There aren't a ton of upgrades available to improve comfort, but you can opt for leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.

The rear seats are larger than the back seats in many rivals, but that doesn't mean they're spacious. The Spark's rear seats are short on legroom and will likely be uncomfortable to most adult passengers.

  • Rear-seat legroom has also shrunk, but other aspects, like hip and shoulder room, have grown." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Considering its small size, the Spark provides spacious seating for most adults to get comfortable, even on longer drives. Still, the upright position of the front seats gives the impression that you're sitting on the chairs rather than in them, and there's no real lateral support. While the Spark's rear seats are larger than many in the subcompact segment, they're still best suited to smaller passengers. Average-size adults will likely complain about the low seat cushions and headrests." -- Edmunds
  • Despite its compact dimensions, the Spark is surprisingly roomy in the front seat, with plenty of leg, hip, shoulder and headroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The second row lacks ample legroom, however, and doesn't even pretend to have a middle seating position." -- AutoTrader

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Spark include a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard.

Available features include satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, a power sunroof, power windows, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and cruise control.

Of all the Spark's features, you'll probably be most impressed with the MyLink system. The controls are well-organized, and the touch screen responds to smartphone-style gestures like pinching and swiping.

The Spark also incorporates some of the latest in smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to hook your iPhone or Android device to your vehicle, and there's a Bluetooth connection if you prefer to go that route. The Spark also features a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, which allows you to connect to the internet from just about anywhere.

Safety-conscious drivers will appreciate the driver assistance features the Spark offers. It comes standard with a rearview camera, which is an optional feature in class rivals like the Kia Rio. The Spark is available with active safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning – features that are not available in many subcompact rivals.

See 2016 Chevrolet Spark specs and trims »

  • "The MyLink touchscreen infotainment system - which lets you connect your smartphone to the audio system via Bluetooth, a USB port or an auxiliary input - adds to the Spark's modern vibe. It has intuitive menus, sharp graphics and a 7-inch touchscreen that supports smartphonelike gestures like pinching and swiping. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are new integrated features for 2016; the former lets you run your iPhone from the touchscreen in a familiar manner, while the latter does the same for smartphones using the Google-based operating system." -- Edmunds
  • "With the new update come electronic safety features such as blind spot warning, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, which are not normally seen in this price and size category." -- Cars.com
  • All Spark models are improved with a 7-inch touch screen in the center stack, with better organized climate-control dials." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

Looking for a subcompact with a fair amount of cargo space? Well then wave to the Spark as you pass it by. With the rear seats up, the Spark has just 11.1 cubic feet of space. That's one of the lowest totals among hatchbacks, and many subcompact sedans have more trunk space than that.

With the rear seats folded down, the Spark offers 27.2 cubic feet of space. That's enough to fit a weekend's worth of luggage or some gear for a beach trip, but it's still a smaller maximum capacity than most hatchbacks.

The split-folding rear seats do give you some versatility when hauling larger items. However, the cargo floor isn't flat, so organizing your luggage may turn into a real-life game of Tetris.

  • "Luggage space in the hatchback is 11.1 cu ft. behind the second row and 27.2 cu ft. with the seat folded. Folding the seat is a little disappointing, as the load floor is not flat, which compromises utility. Big dogs will do better sitting in the second-row seat rather than in the cargo space." -- AutoTrader
  • Behind the rear seats is a meager 11.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down both sides of the versatile 60/40-split seatback provides a fairly flat cargo floor and a more accommodating 27.2 cubes of capacity. It's here where the new Spark is most noticeably downsized from before. With a shorter overall length and lower roofline, the 2016 Spark is down nearly 4 cubic feet of cargo capacity compared to the previous model. That shouldn't be a deal-breaker, as neither Spark features exceptionally generous cargo capacity, but it is something to consider when shopping this group of minicars." -- Edmunds
  • The 2016 Spark's layout remains the same with seating for four and a small space for groceries and gear behind the two rear seats. Those seats can be folded to expand cargo capacity from roughly 11 cubic feet to over 27. That's more than enough to hold a few suitcases, but not quite as much as the outgoing model. Blame the lower roofline and shorter length." -- Kelley Blue Book

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode